Kingdom of Priests

Our Identity #1



1.  Introduction:


     John 13:3-5   “Jesus - - Knowing he has come from God and went to God 

                            – Served”.


·      Jesus’ identity was based on the relationship with God not his purpose.

·      Relationship come before and empowers your purpose in life.

·      Jesus was secure in his identity and destiny so he was able to serve without an agenda.

·      How you see yourself often affects how you relate and what you do. (Proverb 23:7)


2 Corinthians 5:16-17  “Any man in Christ is a new creation – old things has passed away”.


·      New Creation            = 2939 = something original, newly manufactured.                                  

·      God doesn’t patch up the old – He makes something new.                                  

·      Have new identity – new centre - new purpose in life.                              

·      You must change you mind on how you think you see yourself and agree with God.                       

·      You are His workmanship created in Christ into good works.

    (Ephesians 2:10)



2.  The 3-Part Purpose of God:


(a)     The Gospel was Preached in the Old Testament:


Hebrews 6:1-2   “For unto us was the Gospel preached as well as to them but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it”.


·      Gospel = Good News = Preached in the Old Testament as well as in the New Testament.

·      Gospel requires response – faith – you must believe or you won’t receive benefits. 


(b)     The Message Moses Covered:


Exodus 6:5-8  “ I am the Lord”


·      The Gospel is based on revelation who God is and what His will is for us.

·      3 Parts:


1)  ‘V6’  I will bring you out from under the burdens of Egypt.


         “Saved from Sin”

·    Egypt Ž The dominion of Sin and Satan over people.

·    Saved – delivered from the bondage by the power of God.

·    Miracles/Blood of lambs shed and Israel set free from Egypt.

·    Feast of Passover.

·    God’s purpose is more than just getting you saved!!!

·    1 Corinthians10: 1-4 God not pleased – fell in wilderness.

·    People failed to embrace what God’s purpose was.


    2)  ‘V7’ I will take you to me for a people and to you I will be a God.


              “Enter Covenant relationship”

·      Israel was called into a relationship/covenant with God.

·      Called to become a Kingdom of Priests.

·      Called ‘to be’ – to embrace new identity.

·      No longer slaves, but Kings and Priests.


         3)   ‘V8’  I will bring you into the land – give for a heritage.


                  “ Have Dominion Mission”

·      Israel called to possess through battle an inheritance.

·      Called ‘to do’  - to accomplish something in the earth.

·      Called to arise in battle, disposes enemy and occupy the land.


3.  We are a Kingdom of Priests


      Exodus 19:1-6

        * Third month = Feast of Pentecost.

        * God reminds them of what He has done for them – served them.  

        * God reveals his intention:  Covenant Relationship – kingdom of Priests.


·      Kingdom = 446 = a dominion, a realm, people over which a King rules.

·      Priests    = 3548 = One who enters the presence of God and meditates.

i.e.  Called to be:   A royal priestly race of people. 

                                             A kingdom consisting entirely of Priests where

                                             every citizen is a priest having royal dignity and

                                             power for ruling.

·      Not just a nation of priests governed by God but a body of priests advancing the Kingdom of God and blessing the nations.

       (Genesis 12:3)

·      Peculiar Treasure = a costly possession, acquired with great effort and closely guarded.

Isaiah 43:4   Precioushonorable – I have loved you.

Deuteronomy 7:6-8 Holy people – chosen – special people – Lord loved you.

·      1 Peter 2:5,9  You are - - a holy priesthood to offer spiritual sacrifices.

                            You are - - a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, holy nation.

      Ž  We need to embrace who we are – covenant people – Royal Priesthood.


NB:  Exodus20:18-20  Moses drew near – people stood afar off.

·    Must embrace what it means to be Royal Priesthood.


4. Key Functions of a Royal Priest:


(1)  Minister to God.

                                      ·  Exodus 28:1  Minister to me in Priest office.

                                     ·   Acts 13:2  Ministered to the Lord

                                         (word = liturgy = experience priestly office)


(2)  Carry Presence of God.

                                                 · 1 Chronicles 15:13-15 Priests come to Ark

                                                 · Ephesians 2:20-22 You are a temple-habitat


(3)  Advance Kingdom of God.

      Priest minister to God.                                           

                                                 · Isaiah 61:1-6  Spirit lord anointed me.